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Requests for Programs

Graphical timeline explaining the 2024 RFP process. There are four headers titled Review the RFP, Three Tracks, Timeline, and Submit your App respectively. Details for each of the headers are explained in the text sections below this image.

Submission Milestones

oSTEM is now accepting program proposals for the 14th Annual oSTEM Conference.

Successful programs will align with oSTEM’s mission and core values: integrity, intentionality, respect, passion, and grit.

  • Friday, March 1: Request for Programming Released
  • Friday, May 31: Deadline for Submissions
  • End of June: RFP Decision Notifications

2024 Program Tracks and Updates

Based on previous feedback, oSTEM is excited to introduce three tracks for the 2024 Conference: Collegiate, Industry, and Technical Spotlight. Please read a little bit about each track in order to decide which track is best suited for your submission. All submissions are expected to be in workshop format. Workshops are defined as 1-2 speakers presenting on a program topic. All workshops are expected to be 50 minutes.

Collegiate: This track is focused for individuals who regularly interact with a student population or hold positions that are based in academia. Submissions for this track will be applicable to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/staff positions in order to build a network of tools and resources to take back to the participant’s home institution.

Industry: This track aims to engage individuals that are currently in the workforce or are imminently prepared to enter the workforce. These topics will focus on how to better engage your employer and advocate for LGBT+ populations during your work day. This can be anecdotal accomplishments or tips on how to effectively develop a queer network in a professional setting.

Technical Spotlight: Topics for this track will be extremely focused on the highly technical aspects of the presented topic. Professionals who already belong to this field or want to appreciate the intricacies of the field. These submissions are more focused and it is expected that the audience will have foundational knowledge of the topic being discussed. For the 2024 Conference, our programs will focus on AI and Machine Learning, Research and Study Design in LGBT+ Population, and Sustainable Engineering.

You can learn more about the three tracks below:

Collegiate Program Topics

Presentations are required to fall within the following categories:

  1. (1) Building Inclusive Spaces on Campus
  2. (2) Addressing Challenges at the Graduate School Level
  3. (3) Owning Your Identity On and Off Campus
  4. (4) Advancing in Academia
  5. (5) Other Relevant Topics.

A description of each submission category is provided below:

Building Inclusive Spaces on Campus - Submissions in this category should be from either current students, young professionals that were involved in their oSTEM chapter at college, or current advisors of existing oSTEM Chapters. These sessions will highlight success stories on how to build a community on a college campus.

Addressing Challenges at the Graduate School Level - Programs in this category will highlight the pros and cons of continuing education. These programs will highlight the complete lifecycle of graduate studies: applying and deciding if graduate school is right for you, choosing a lab/PI, applying for funding and grants, budgeting, and how to establish professional relationships before looking for a job post-graduate.

Owning Your Identity On and Off Campus - Programs submitted in this category will describe different lived experiences in order to foster relationships outside the bubble of a college campus resource center. Workshops will explore different identities and how these identities can shape a college experience. These sessions would also encompass navigating difficult conversations with University leadership and how to make effective change on campus.

Advancing in Academia - Submissions will focus on next-steps to take when looking to stay in an academic setting. This may include but is not limited to: choosing a graduate program (PhD, JD, MD, PharmD), looking for a postdoc position, and applying for faculty positions. Other Relevant Topics - Interested in presenting something that doesn’t fit into one of these categories? That’s great! People don’t always fit neatly into a box so we don’t expect our programs to either. Feel free to submit a program that highlights STEM and queer populations in an academic setting.

Other Relevant Topics - Interested in presenting something that doesn’t fit into one of these categories? That’s great! People don’t always fit neatly into a box so we don’t expect our programs to either. Feel free to submit a program that highlights STEM and queer populations in an academic setting.

2024 Proposal Components

The strongest proposals will highlight intersectionality between STEM and queer identities. Program selection for our conference is highly competitive. Please follow the guidelines that have been outlined in this document to improve your chances of being selected.

Your submission will be evaluated based on the following:

  • An engaging title and abstract
  • Value to the LGBTQIA+ STEM Community
  • Attendee Engagement
  • A breakdown of your program that outlines the questions / topics you will be addressing
  • Having experience and/or identity(ies) that support your program proposal

Please provide the following information (will not be used for evaluation):

  • Is this session closed to members of a specific community only? If so, please specify.
  • Please describe any additional technical services you may need.
  • The standard room set-up includes a projector, HDMI cord, screen, microphones, and a table.
  • For each presenter, please provide a name, contact information, and demographic information.
  • Content warnings as applicable (for more information, check out this resource from University of Michigan)

Your proposal must include the following components:

Proposal Components
Session Title
20 words max
- Identifies program topic and how this relates to the oSTEM mission
Abstract for Program Book
500 words max
- Provides a succinct description of the goals of the workshop and what participants will learn
What is the value of this workshop to the LGBTQ+ STEM Community?
500 words max
- Describes and justifies the workshop's value
- Establishes relevance to LGBTQ+ and STEM communities
- States: What makes this program unique to this conference?
Session Outline
500 words max
- Submits an outline of the presentation, approximating the amount of time spent on each question/topic, i.e., (20 minute talk on Topic X, 10 minutes of discussion, 10 minutes of questions, etc.)
Presenter identity & experience match the proposed topic
- Demonstrates a basis of knowledge and relevant personal experience for this proposed program
A photo showing three presenters from the 2022 conference speaking.

Benefits for Presenters

  • 50% registration discount for selected presenters. Each selected presentation is limited to 2 presenter discount codes.
  • Add "Selected Talk for National Conference" to resume or CV
  • Gain additional public speaking experience
  • Increase visibility and networking opportunities with LGBTQ+ professionals and recruiters in STEM
  • Present on lived experiences and identities in addition to academic and professional development topics
  • Receive presenter acknowledgment in conference program book and on badge

Additional Info

For more information about the conference visit https://ostem.org/conference-2024. (Not published yet)

For more information about oSTEM visit https://ostem.org

Note: If you are unable to access the submission form due to technical issues please contact conference@ostem.org prior to sending a document or email submission.

Please email our Conference Programming Committee at conference-programming@ostem.org with any questions.

For inquiries regarding available conference accommodations or to request this document in an accessible format, please contact the accessibility team at access@ostem.org.